We are happy to announce our book collection titles for 'The Big Friendly Read' Summer Reading Challenge 2016.
The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK's biggest reading for pleasure programme in libraries for primary school aged children, with 800,000 children taking part last year. Founded in 1999, the Challenge now runs in 98% of UK library authorities. Tesco Bank has supported the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland since 2011 with the additional funding providing opportunities for children to meet authors and illustrators during the summer.
This year's Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge is linking up with the global year-long Roald Dahl 100 celebrations, honouring the world's No.1 storyteller. The Big Friendly Read will feature some of Roald Dahl's best-loved characters and the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake. It will encourage reading on a giant scale and each child's collector folder will feature themes such as invention, mischief and friendship as explored in Roald Dahl's books. The Big Friendly Read will encourage children to expand their own reading by exploring similar themes across the best contemporary children's writing.
This year's book collection of 72 titles reflects six popular themes in Dahl's books which made his stories so irresistible: Friendship, Mischief, Adventure, Invention, Langwitch (Wordplay) and Champions. The books were selected by children's librarians, industry professionals and children in Chatterbooks groups, from titles submitted by a wide range of independent and corporate publishers including our children's publisher partners.
The titles include Roald Dahl's much loved The BFG, with Disney's 'The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)' directed by Spielberg and starring Mark Rylance, being released in cinemas on 22 July as the Summer Reading Challenge gets underway. The Summer Reading Challenge book collections also raise awareness of outstanding new writers, including this year Stewart Foster, Chris Callaghan and M. G. Leonard. Other highlights in the book collections are: Robin Etherington and Jan Bielecki's Freaky and Fearless, Joseph Coelho's Werewolf Club Rules and Other Poems, John Hegley's I am a Poetato and Just Joking and Will Mabitt's Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City for older children.
The list for younger children includes Cressida Cowell's How to be a Viking, Ted Rules the World by Frank Cottrell Boyce with Chris Riddell and Cate James, Quentin Blake's The Five of US and The Bolds by Julian Clary and David Roberts, and Michael Rosen and Tony Ross's Bilal's Brilliant Bee. You can see the complete book list here
"The libraries involved are so enthusiastic"
Although children can read any library book towards their Challenge, the annual book collections provide a display focus and a chance to highlight new titles in the busiest time of the year for children's libraries.
The book collection offers value to publishers by unlocking significantly more sales of children's books via library suppliers including Peter's Bookselling Services, John Treacy and Wexford Library Management Services, Askews and Holts Library Services and Bertram Library Services.
Commenting on the promotion, Adrian Warner, Selection Services Manager, at Bertram Library Services said:
"The selection of titles for The Big Friendly Read is wonderful. The Summer Reading Challenge is a key promotion for Bertram Library Services as we see every authority in the UK ordering extra copies to top-up their collections and creating eye-catching displays".
Little Tiger Press is one of the publishers with several titles on the list. Jessie Sullivan, Senior Marketing & Publicity Officer said:
'We're very happy to have so many of our titles included in the Summer Reading Challenge this year. It's an absolutely fantastic initiative to put books into the hands of both children who already have a passion for reading and those who still have that passion to discover. The libraries involved are so enthusiastic that it is impossible for any child involved in the Challenge not to enjoy themselves."
This year's app
SOLUS UK Ltd will once again be sponsoring a free Summer Reading Challenge app to activate The Big Friendly Read materials. It will include an interface to the Book Sorter, allowing children, families and schools mobile access to this rich crowd-sourced database (created by children, who add books they've enjoyed in child-friendly categories) that others can use to find a good read.
Increasing library loans over the summer
Anne Sarrag, Director of the Summer Reading Challenge, commented:
"The annual Summer Reading Challenge book selection is a reaffirming opportunity for reviewers, library professionals, library suppliers and children to enthuse about the merits of books put forward by publishers. The eye catching display bins highlight the book collections, which is especially useful for children who feel overwhelmed by the choice in a library or lack confidence in selecting books. From past research we know that books featured in the collections are more likely to be issued than other stock over the summer. Last year, based on library data, we estimated that there were more than 18,000,000 children's library issues during Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge 2015. We are extremely grateful to publishers for financially supporting the titles, Tesco Bank, SOLUS, The Roald Dahl Literary Estate and of course Sir Quentin Blake, for making this a unique and special Challenge, which will also benefit from the BBC's Get Reading campaign to get the nation reading."
John Collins, Brand Marketing Director for the Roald Dahl Literary Estate, says:
"We're delighted to be working so closely with The Reading Agency to bring the imagination of Roald Dahl and the creativity of Quentin Blake to the Summer Reading Challenge in such a milestone year for Roald Dahl. We hope that children across the UK will be inspired to take part, to discover new stories and to enjoy every page turn in the Big Friendly Read."
Chris Newton, Community Manager for Tesco Bank, said of their sponsorship in Scotland:
"We are delighted that the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland will continue to encourage tens of thousands of children to read for pleasure during the holidays, a time when reading traditionally dips, and that we can give them the opportunity to meet their favourite authors in their local library."
See the full booklist
Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge